Ondo State governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on Saturday, said his administration had started paying keen attention to the issue of curriculum in the state’s tertiary institutions to reflect the current societal realities.
He said the system which renders graduates more confused than they were upon enrolment must be jettisoned.
Akeredolu, who spoke during the seventh convocation ceremony of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akugba-Akoko, said the need to make curricula to reflect the challenges of existence of the immediate environment arose from the conscious efforts to produce real experts who would fix the nation’s economy.
The governor said: “We cannot afford to continue to churn out graduates who are basically unemployable by virtue of the defective nuggets of instruction with which they were trained.
“The huge presence of an ever-increasing army of unemployed graduates in our underdeveloped economy is embarrassing. We must take bold steps to reverse the unfortunate situation.
“I do not want to be misunderstood as dismissing our graduates as useless. I actually believe that the system has been most unfair to them. The fact that most of those who have the opportunity to travel abroad excel beyond expectation should compel us to review our style of training these wonderful creatures.”
Akeredolu recalled that his administration, at inception, promised to have a critical look into the education sector, adding that a summit and far reaching recommendations had been made.
He assured the people of the state and stakeholders at the convocation ceremony that his administration would not abandon its responsibilities to them.
“We will continue to do our best within the available resources. We will, however, appeal to other stakeholders not to leave this important task for the government alone to tackle.”
Speaking earlier, Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who was conferred with the Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the Senate of the Adekunle Ajasin University, advised students and graduates of the institution to be bold and courageous to face future challenges.
He gave a cash gift of N500,000 to the best graduating student of the university.
Okorocha, who considered himself lucky for assuming office when the nation’s economy was good, sympathized with Akeredolu for becoming Ondo State Governor when the country was in recession.
He, however, asked the people of the state to show understanding with Akeredolu.